When it comes to Georgia wildlife, squirrel populations are booming. Eastern gray squirrels in particular are the most populous squirrel species `round these parts. Logically, with so many living right in our backyards, getting squirrels stuck in the attic, ceilings, soffits or eaves of your home is one of the most common pest problems in the state.

Before we address how we like to deal with this problem at All Pro Pest Services, let`s talk about why and how so many Atlanta residents find themselves housing a squirrel population of their own. Squirrels can make their homes almost anywhere. With most squirrels weighing in under a pound, it`s easy for them to set up a “home sweet home” in the corners created by your roof or within the layers of your walls. With a good entry point, an attic makes a great squirrel habitat. It`s warm and dry and safe, just like a big hollow tree. From August to September, female gray squirrels are trying to raise their babies in the best environments they can find which oftentimes just so happen to be our environments!

It`s understandable for a squirrel to want to seek out protection from the elements in our attics. This answers the “why” question. The next question is “How do they get in` Squirrels can squeeze in through roofline gaps and flimsy soffit screens. Any gaps left by your home builder make great “front doors” for squirrels. Once they`re in, they may lose their entry point and become trapped. This may result in a panicky squirrel or squirrels tearing up your attic in a desperate attempt to escape. Alternatively, squirrels who aren`t trapped but rather have a convenient entrance and exit into and out of your home might come and go as they please, leaving food, odors and even a litter of pups behind.

To avoid the costly issues created by these fluffy-tailed fiends , it`s important to contact a squirrel removal expert as soon as you realize your home has become a harborage. In addition to potential chewing and smell-emitting, the squirrels` presence can attract additional pest problems such as fleas. A squirrel population in the house, attic or walls makes a complex case with many variables. Trapping them is an art requiring the right traps in the right locations with the right bait at the right time. Only an experienced wildlife professional can get the job done. We always recommend that you hire a professional wildlife service provider so as not to create other problems for yourself. Basic steps for getting squirrels out of human homes include finding entry points, making sure young are removed, fixing secondary entry areas, mounting (humane) wildlife traps and repairing the damages after everything is said and done. This might involve the cleanup of waste as well as basic repair to wood and wires. Sounds like a job you`d rather let somebody else handle? Let the pros at All Pro take care of it.